Objectives for Tonight’s Meeting • To review diploma pathways and graduation requirements • To discuss Individual Graduation Plans • To review Areas of Concentration and Career Clusters • To review the TOPS curriculum • To share information relative to education beyond high school
In Louisiana, all students must choose from three diploma pathways that lead to graduation.
Core 4 Graduation Requirements • English 4 Units Must be I, II, III, and IV • Mathematics 4 Units Algebra I or Alg, I-Part 2,Geometry, Algebra II, 4th Math • Science 4 Units Biology, Chemistry, 3rd and 4th Science • Social Studies 4 Units World Geography, Civics American History, 4th Social Studies • Physical Education 1½ Units Can substitute ROTC I and II • Health ½ Unit • Foreign Language 2 Units Two units in the same language • Art Elective 1 Unit Fine Arts Survey, Art, Music, or Drama • Electives(Classes not used above as grad. req.)3 Units 24 Units
Basic Core • At the end of 10th grade, students have the opportunity to change diploma tracks from a Core 4 college prep curriculum to a Basic Core college/career curriculum. • Requires approval by parents, the student, and the school and the completion of a Core 4 exemption form after consultation with the school counselor.
Basic Core Graduation Requirements • English 4 Units Must be I, II, III, and IV or Senior Applications • Mathematics 4 Units Algebra I or Alg. I-Part I and Alg. I-Part 2 (Count as two units in Basic), Geometry, Algebra II, 4th Math • Science 3 Units Biology and two other science courses • Social Studies 3 Units One unit Civics with a section on Free Enterprise, American History, and a third Social Studies • Physical Education 1½ Units Can substitute ROTC I and II • Health ½ Unit • Electives(Classes not used above as grad. req.)8 Units Students must take Journey to Careers and complete six credits in an Area of Concentration. 24 Units Students in Basic Core are not required to take a foreign language, chemistry, or Algebra II to graduate. TOPS can be considered.
Career Clusters and Areas of Concentration • A career cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on common knowledge and skills. • There are sixteen career clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education and Training Arts, A/V Technology & Communication Finance Architecture and Construction Health Science Business, Management and Administration Hospitality and Tourism Government and Public Administration Information Technology Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Manufacturing Law, Public Safety and Security Marketing, Sales & Services Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Human Services
TOPS Requirements for Graduates of 2014 and Beyond • English – 4 Units English I, II, III and English IV • Mathematics – 4 Units Algebra I, Algebra II, and 2 from Geometry or Advanced Math or Discrete Math or Calculus • Science – 4 Units Biology, Chemistry, and 2 from Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physics, or Agriscience I • Social Studies - 4 Units American History, Civics, and we offer WorldGeography,and World History for the remaining two units. Fine Arts Survey - 1 Unit … or 2 units of visual/performance courses … or another subject listed in this TOPS core curriculum Foreign Language - 2 Units Two units in the same language 19 Total Core Curriculum Units 2.5 TOPS Core GPA ACT Score: 20 3.0 TOPS Core GPA ACT Score: 23, 27
Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) • Students begin the IGP in the eighth grade. • Its purpose is to help students make appropriate decisions for high school and post-high school as part of an overall career plan. • Your school counselor will help your student to complete his/her career plan. • The IGP is reviewed each year and initialed by the student, the parent, and the counselor. • IGPs can be accessed through the Louisiana Connect system. A copy has been sent home with the student each year for parental signature. Your school counselor will provide a copy if you need to request another copy.
Typical Ninth Grade Schedule • English I • Algebra I or Algebra I—Part I • Physical Science • Journey to Careers • Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA) • World Geography • Agriscience I or Family and Consumer Science I (F& CS I)
Typical 10th Grade Schedule: English II Geometry or Algebra I—Part II Biology I Civics with Free Enterprise embedded P.E. ½ and Health ½ Foreign Language or Career Elective Career Elective or Core 4 Elective
Areas of Concentration Areas of Concentration consist of groupings of four or five Primary Courses and one or more related courses, one of which must be a BESE Board approved computer course. Areas of Concentration offered at Forest High School include the following: • Agriculture Production/Management/Entrepreneurship • General Studies • Welding
Agriculture Production/Management/Entrepreneurship • Primary Courses—4 units • Journey to Careers (required) • Agriscience I • Agriscience II • Agriscience III • Environmental Science (Only if it is not used as a science grad. require.) • Related Courses—2 units (One must be a computer course). • Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA) • Word Processing Biology II • Spanish I or II Business Computer Applications • World History NCCER Welding • Fine Arts Survey Welding I • Accounting I Chemistry • Financial Math (Only if this course is not used as a Math grad. require.)
General Studies • Primary Courses—4 or 5 units • Journey to Careers (required) • *Business Computer Applications • Parenting ½ unit and Adult Responsibilities ½ unit • One or two units from the following courses: • Agriscience I, Agriscience II, Agriscience III, Family & Consumer Science I or II • Related Courses—2 units (Unless 5 units are completed from the primary course list). One related unit must be a computer course. • Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA) • Word Processing or other computer course approved by BESE • All foreign language courses count as related course units.
Welding • Primary Courses--4 or 5 units required. One must be a * course. • Journey to Careers (required) • *Welding I • *NCCER Welding-Ag • Agriscience I • Agriscience II • Agriscience III • Related Courses–-Only IBCA is required if 5 Primary units taken. • Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA) • Accounting I • Advanced Math I or II
Management of Family Resources • Primary Courses—4 or 5 units • Journey to Careers or Education for Careers (required) • Nutrition and Food ½ unit and Advanced Nutrition and Food ½ unit • *Parenting ½ unit and Adult Responsibilities ½ unit • One or two units from the following courses: • Family & Consumer Science I or II, Psychology, Sociology • Related Courses—2 units (Unless 5 units are completed from the primary course list). One related unit must be a computer course. • Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA) or other CRC • Keyboarding & Keyboarding Applications, Accounting I,all BESE approved computer courses, all foreign language courses, Business Education Elective, FACS I, others see full listing.
Let’s Review • All students complete an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) in the eighth grade to help guide them in their choice of high school subjects. • Students can change from the Core Four diploma pathway only after they have completed two years in high school and both the student and a parent have met with the counselor and completed the Core Four Exemption Form. Students who are 18 years of age do not need parent signatures, but the parent must be notified of a student’s decision to leave Core Four. • Students who enrolled in the ninth grade in the 2010-11 school year and beyond must complete an area of concentration in order to graduate if they choose to follow the Basic Core diploma path. • Students who enrolled in the ninth grade in the 2010-11 school year and beyond must choose a diploma path and an area of concentration after the completion of two years of high school.
A Student Can Have a Chance at a TOPS Scholarship if He/She Follows This Schedule of Classes in the Concentration Area Agric. Production/Manage/Entre. Freshman Year • English I • Alg. I or Alg. I—Part 1 • Physical Science • World Geography • Intro. to Business Comp. App. • Agriscience I • Journey to Careers Sophomore Year • English II • Geometry or Alg. I—Part 2 • Biology • Civics with embedded Free Ent. • Agriscience II • Spanish I • Health/PE I (1/2 cr. each) Junior Year • English II • Algebra II or Geometry • Chemistry • American History • Agriscience III • Spanish II • PE I/II (1/2 cr. each) or Alg. II if Geometry is taken this year. Senior Year • English IV • Advanced Math—Func. & Statistics • World History • PE I/II (1/2 each if needed) • Fine Arts Survey or unused Core elective (Ex. Environ. Science or Biology II)
Create a Parent Account in Louisiana Connect • Go online to https://louisianaconnect.org/ • On the right hand side of the page you will see an area to “Create an Account.” • Enter your child’s Social Security Number. • Then Enter his or her first and last name as they appear on his/her birth certificate. • Select Forest School using the drop down arrow. • Click “I am a Parent” and then click “Register.”
Web Sites of Interest • http://www.osfa.state.la.us/ • http://www.doe.state.la.us/ • http://www.regents.state.la.us/ • http://fafsa.ed.gov/ • http://fastweb.com • https://louisianaconnect.org
Questions/Comments ??? Thank you for your kind attention. If you have any further questions after this presentation, you may contact your school counselor Mrs. Sherry Hillman.